Skiing and riding are magical activities that cultivate a love of sport, the outdoors, and healthy lifestyles. Plus—sliding on snow is more fun than pretty much anything else.
If you agree and want to instill that love in your kids, more specifically your fifth grader, sign up for your state's Fifth Grade Passport program.
A special program available to Fifth Graders (and in some cases Sixth Graders) across the U.S., Passports let appropriately aged kids ski at all or nearly all the resorts in a given state up to four times each for the price of the application fee—typically $10–$35. Many states' Fifth Grade Passports offer additional benefits—discounts on season passes, discounts for family members, coupons for rental gear, lessons and more. The exact rules and regs for each Fifth Grade Passport differ slightly, as well as blackout dates. Have a fifth grader? Apply now, and be ready to boot up and go when the snow starts falling.
Live in Utah? Ski Utah's Fifth Grade Passport lets fifth graders ski or snowboard three days free at each of Utah’s 14 participating resorts. It also includes special deals on equipment rentals, lessons and other activities. Sixth graders, you're in luck. With the Ski Utah Sixth Grade Passport, you get to ski or ride one day free at each particpating Utah resort.
In Vermont, Ski Vermont's Fifth Grade Passport is good at both alpine and nordic ski areas—up to 88 days of skiing. And in Vermont, proceeds from the Passports go to Keep Local Farms, an organization that connects consumers with local dairy farmers and encourages the purchase of healthy, local foods, which sustain the working landscape for future generations.Colorado Ski Country USA's 5th Grade Passport Program provides participants with three free days of skiing or snowboarding at 20 resorts. Colorado also offers a $99 Sixth Grade Passport.
Don’t see your state listed here? In some locations the Passport is resort specific. For example, Vail and its sister resorts offer four days of free skiing for fifth and sixth graders at five resorts. Called the School of Shred Pass, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin are all included. The School of Shred pass also includes one complimentary first-timer ski lesson and rental equipment for pass holders (except at Arapahoe Basin).
Is your kid too old or too young to take advantage of the FIfth and Sixth Grade Passports? January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard month. Sign up if you're a newbie skier—child or adult—and learn to love winter.